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Japan clocks out early for 'Premium Friday'

Toukyo - Japan's Prime Minister spent Friday afternoon meditating while staff at some of the country's biggest firms quit work early -- in time for a bit of shopping or maybe a boozy train ride.

Japan clocks out early for 'Premium Friday'

Toukyo - Japan's Prime Minister spent Friday afternoon meditating while staff at some of the country's biggest firms quit work early -- in time for a bit of shopping or maybe a boozy train ride.

Japan clocks out early for 'Premium Friday'

Toukyo - Japan's Prime Minister spent Friday afternoon meditating while staff at some of the country's biggest firms quit work early -- in time for a bit of shopping or maybe a boozy train ride.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

Murakami fans to pack stores at midnight for new novel

Toukyo - Die-hard fans of Haruki Murakami, the Japanese author perennially pegged as a contender for the Nobel literature prize, will flock to bookstores Thursday night when his new novel hits shelves.

Japan's crown prince hints at readiness to take throne

Toukyo - Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito has suggested he is ready to take on the duties of emperor from his father as the country prepares for its expected first imperial abdication in two centuries.

Record damages awarded over US army base noise in Japan

Toukyo - A Japanese court on Thursday awarded record compensation for thousands of residents near a US military base over aircraft noise, but rejected their demand to suspend flights at odd hours.An Okinawa court ordered the Japanese government to pay 30.

Bare cheek as Japan men strip off for naked festival

Okayama - With only a skimpy loincloth to protect their modesty, thousands of men brave freezing temperatures to fight for lucky charms thrown by a priest at Japan's annual Naked Man Festival.

Kim Jong-Nam sought N. Korea reform: Japanese author

Toukyo - The assassinated half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un was a courageous man who sought to reform his country, a Japanese journalist who wrote a book about him said Friday.

Kim Jong-Nam sought N. Korea reform: Japanese author

Toukyo - The assassinated half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un was a courageous man who sought to reform his country, a Japanese journalist who wrote a book about him said Friday.

US pledges nuclear defence for Japan, S.Korea after N.Korea missile launch

Bonn - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday pledged that Washington would use the full range of its arsenal, including nuclear weapons, to defend allies Japan and South Korea against North Korea if needed.

'Scorpion' robot mission inside Fukushima reactor aborted

Toukyo - A "scorpion" robot sent into a Japanese nuclear reactor to learn about the damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown had its mission aborted after the probe ran into trouble, Tokyo Electric Power company said Thursday.

WWII shipwrecks off Malaysia broken for scrap: divers

Kuala Lumpur - Three World War II shipwrecks off the coast of Malaysia -- the final resting place of dozens of seamen -- have almost disappeared, local divers say, with the finger pointing at possible scrap metal scavengers.

Trump faces questions over 'outdoor Situation Room'

Washington - Social media posts of Donald Trump and Shinzo Abe huddling with aides in a public dining room after North Korea's missile test raised questions about his administration's handling of sensitive information.

Some Uighurs fighting and dying in Syria: exiled leader

Toukyo - An exiled advocate for China's ethnic Uighur minority said Monday that some of the group were fighting and dying in Syria -- including for Islamic State (IS) -- though she claimed they had been duped into doing so.

Some Uighurs fighting and dying in Syria: exiled leader

Toukyo - An exiled advocate for China's ethnic Uighur minority said Monday that some of the group were fighting and dying in Syria -- including for Islamic State (IS) -- though she claimed they had been duped into doing so.

Some Uighurs fighting and dying in Syria: exiled leader

Toukyo - An exiled advocate for China's ethnic Uighur minority said Monday that some of the group were fighting and dying in Syria -- including for Islamic State (IS) -- though she claimed they had been duped into doing so.

UN Security Council to meet on N.Korea missile launch

New York - The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on Monday on North Korea's missile launch, the first test since US President Donald Trump took office.

Trump and Abe retreat to Florida for golf diplomacy

West Palm Beach - After reportedly hitting it off in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe played golf before ending the day with an impromptu news conference on North Korea's missile test.

Trump and Abe retreat to Florida for golf course diplomacy

West Palm Beach - After reportedly hitting it off in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe teed off on the golf course Saturday, and discussed US-Asia engagement.

Japanese manga legend Jiro Taniguchi dies at 69

Paris - Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan's comic art of manga, died in Tokyo on Saturday at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line drawing of scenes from everyday life.

US, Japan say defense pact covers disputed Senkaku islands

Washington - US President Donald Trump offered Japan assurances Friday that mutual defense agreements cover the disputed Senkaku Islands, claimed by China as the Diaoyus.

Trump welcomes Abe with warm White House embrace

Washington - President Donald Trump welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a brotherly hug and warm words of admiration, as he ditched previously hard-charging rhetoric toward Tokyo during a White House summit.

Japan PM says wants to build 'relationship of trust' with Trump

Washington - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he wants to build a "relationship of trust" with US President Donald Trump, and stressed the economic and trade ties between the country are a "win-win.

Trump, Abe meet for 'golf summit'

Washington - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Donald Trump's White House for the first time Friday, hoping to build a personal rapport with the mercurial new US president.

Chile summons for suspect in Japanese student's death

Santiago - Chile's Supreme Court has issued a summons for a Chilean man suspected of killing a Japanese student in France in December, officials said Wednesday.

Japan Olympics golf club 'baffled' over sexism row

Toukyo - The chairman of the Japanese golf club set to host the sport at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics said they are bewildered by requests to lift its ban on women becoming full members.

Catholic Church beatifies Japanese samurai

Toukyo - A Japanese Christian samurai who died in exile about 400 years ago after refusing to renounce his faith was beatified by the Catholic Church in an elaborate mass on Tuesday.

Japan resumes work on controversial US base on Okinawa

Toukyo - The Japanese government on Monday resumed work on building a controversial US airbase on Okinawa island, sparking angry protests and scuffles with police.
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